Ranking Member Grijalva: This Week’s Bills Are a Sign That Republicans Will Sacrifice Sportsmen to the National Rifle Association

Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said that the slate of Republican bills set to receive votes on Wednesday are a sign that Republicans will do any amount of damage to public safety, to sportsmen and to the outdoors to keep the National Rifle Association (NRA) happy.

Today’s hearing on the notorious SHARE Act – nominally a bill to advance sportsmen’s outdoor policy priorities that has become a laundry list of NRA demands – is the first of the week’s many Republican giveaways to the controversial group. Tomorrow’s markup schedule includes bills to deregulate the purchase of gun silencers, make it harder for the federal government to regulate armor-piercing bullets, make it easier to import polar bear carcasses to the United States, and reduce protections for endangered species and other wildlife habitats.

“At least when my House Republican colleagues try to build a border wall or make sure we keep ignoring climate change, they’re open about their priorities,” Grijalva said. “But the bills we’re moving this week are supposed to be about how much Republicans love hunters and anglers. If this package becomes law, we’ll have no animals left to hunt and nowhere left to do it, and law enforcement will face bigger guns on the streets that shoot more deadly rounds and make less noise. My Republican colleagues don’t seem to care about hunters, anglers or for that matter public safety – they care about keeping the NRA happy.”

EVENT NOTICE: Grijalva and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) are holding a press availability in Longworth 1334 at 12:00 p.m. today to discuss the SHARE Act and the NRA’s hijacking of the legislative process.

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